Twenty-six years later, Picard was in command of the USS Enterprise-E. On stardate 57189.4, the Enterprise was under repair at Earth Spacedock following the Battle in the Bassen Rift, and Picard was in the process of choosing a new first officer for the Enterprise. He contacted Admiral Johnson to inquire about John Benson, an officer whose service record had caught his attention. Johnson told him that Benson was on the starbase at that time, so Picard decided to pay him a visit. After recruiting him, Picard returned to the Enterprise, where Wesley Crusher paid him a brief visit.
Admiral Johnson then briefed him on a classified mission to locate the whereabouts of The X, a secret society aiming to harm or even destroy the Federation. Benson reported to the bridge, and Picard gave the coordinates of "074 mark 28" to the helmsman. A Klingon vessel lying in wait for them sent a boarding party to engineering, and Picard sent Geordi La Forge and Worf down to fend them off. After the Klingons were forced back to their ship, the captain of the enemy vessel, Kardok, contacted the Enterprise and denied any hostility toward them. Shortly after this, he ordered an attack on the Enterprise, making his intentions fully known. After a couple brief skirmishes in which both vessels took significant damage, the Klingons were forced to retreat. Kardok left Picard with a cryptic departing message telling him, "We will meet again, and I will kill you."
Afterward, the Enterprise was ordered back to Earth by Admiral Johnson, and Picard was given a private briefing by him and Admiral Perry. Johnson believed there were spies working for The X in Starfleet, and that they had to be careful who they trusted.
On stardate 57823.6, the Enterprise began searching for the Klingons, their vessel having been identified as the IKS Pak'tu. Benson and La Forge managed to locate its warp trail and the Enterprise and the Pak'tu once again faced off. After cloaking and reappearing a few times, the Pak'tu sustained serious damage, forcing it to retreat. The Enterprise, also damaged, was undergoing emergency reparations when Kardok and several of his men transported onto the bridge. A brief altercation ensued, and Kardok's crew would have won if not for the actions of B-4, Lt. Commander Data's less-developed brother, who managed to force the Klingons back to their ship. Picard immediately told Worf to disable the Pak'tu's engines, but the ship had evidently taken more damage than they realized, and it was destroyed. All aboard were presumed killed.
Soon after John Benson joined the crew of the USS Enterprise-E, Picard began referring to him as "number one," an affectionate nickname he had first used for Commander Riker. Picard told Benson he would likely be called number one many times in the future.
Jean-Luc and Beverly Crusher both seemed to have a flirtatious attitude toward one another. Before their second encounter with the IKS Pak'tu, he visited her in sickbay, telling her that he was glad that the Enterprise still had her, despite many other medical staff being assigned elsewhere. He also told her she could make use of the EMH if she had to.
Background and trivia Edit
- In Star Trek: The Cartoon Series, Lego Star Trek: The Timeline Incident, and the original enactment of "Lego Star Trek", Picard was acted out by CaptFredricks with a Mega Bloks minifigure of himself.
- The minifigure is part of a USS Enterprise-D set.
- He would have been featured in both "Shore Leave" and "Preemptive Strike, Part I" if they had been acted out. In the former, he would have taken shore leave from the Stargazer, and in the latter, he and Captain Harry would have successfully battled two Klingon Birds-of-Prey.
- Picard is the only character to appear in every chapter of The Cartoon Series, The Timeline Incident, and Lego Star Trek (this does not take into account chapters that were never written or acted out).
Notes and references Edit
- Jean-Luc Picard at Memory Alpha, the Star Trek wiki
- Jean-Luc Picard at Memory Beta, the non-canon Star Trek wiki
|v - e - t||USS Enterprise-E personnel (alternate timelines)|
|Command crew|| Jean-Luc Picard • William T. Riker (TTI) • John Benson (LST) • Data (TTI) • Worf • Geordi La Forge • Beverly Crusher • Gibson? (LST) • Jordan (LST)|
William T. Riker^ (LST) • Data† (LST)
|Duty officers|| Henderson (LST)|
|v - e - t||USS Stargazer personnel|
|Command crew|| Jean-Luc Picard • Sukel|
Harry^ • Chief^
|Duty officers||Big Jack|